Ponturo, Greis, Futcher and Hall elected to LPGA Board of Directors
Ellis and Steinhauer selected as player President and Vice President, respectively
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 17, 2009 – Tony Ponturo, CEO of Ponturo Management Group and former top executive at Anheuser-Busch, was elected as an independent director of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Board of Directors by the membership of the LPGA Tour tonight. Ponturo and Leslie Greis, who was reelected, will serve three-year terms starting in 2010.
LPGA professionals Katie Futcher and Kim Hall also were elected to the Board as part of the Player Executive Committee to serve three-year terms. The vote was held during a player meeting in Houston prior to the start of the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex.
Following the meeting, the new Player Executive Committee chose Michelle Ellis and Sherri Steinhauer to serve as their President and Vice President, respectively, in 2010.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tony and our new player directors to the LPGA Board of Directors, and it's great to have Leslie back as well,” said Dawn Hudson, chairman of the Board of the Directors of the LPGA. “They all have deep knowledge of our business and passion for the growth of the game and LPGA. Tony's top-level business expertise and intimate knowledge of the LPGA through Anheuser-Busch is an excellent complement to the strong foundation we currently have in place.”
Ponturo formed the Ponturo Management Group, LLC, a consulting, management and investment company in media, sports and entertainment, in January, 2009. He currently serves on numerous boards and committees, including a board member for the New York City Center, American Ballet Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Sheldon Hall, Opera Theatre in St. Louis, and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball. Ponturo is a past president and CEO of Busch Media Group and vice president of Global media, sports and entertainment marketing of Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Annually recognized as one of the most powerful executives in sports, Ponturo was most recently ranked 14th by Business Week out of the top-100 in 2008. He was ranked the 12th most influential person in sports by the Sports Business Journal in 2007, and was the top-ranked sports advertising executive in 2004.
Greis is the founder and managing member of Perennial Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment firm specializing in the management of private real estate globally on behalf of institutional investors. As an independent director of the LPGA since 2007, she currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and most recently was Chair of the Commissioner Search Committee.
Greis has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently on the board of Harvard Magazine, Inc., Boston Museum of Science and the Harvard Alumni Association. She previously was an independent director of the PGA of America where she served on their CEO Search Committee. Greis is a past recipient of the Rolex Achievement Award, given to past collegiate golfers who have gone on to make significant contributions to society.
Player Director Futcher, who was chosen by the Player Executive Committee to serve as a non-voting member of the Board in 2009, is a native of Texas and member of the LPGA Tour since 2006. Hall is a four-year LPGA Tour player from Texas who was a 2003 graduate of Stanford University with a degree in American Studies.
The 2010 LPGA Board of Directors will consist of player members Helen Alfredsson, Michelle Ellis, Pat Hurst, Stacy Prammanasudh, Sherri Steinhauer, Katie Futcher and Kim Hall; Dana Rader, national president of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals; incoming Commissioner Mike Whan, who begins on January 4, 2010; and independent directors Hudson, Greis, Ponturo and Bill Susetka. Two additional independent directors will be added at a later date.